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Pendulum Swing, 1st edition

  • Larry J. Sabato


Renowned political analyst Larry J. Sabato once again brings together the nation's most insightful analysts and astute observers of American politics to examine the Pendulum Swing midterm elections of 2010.


Pendulum Swing dissects the political momentum that lead to significant Republican gains in the Senate, House, and Governorships. While many political observers offer only a high-level overview of the events and factors that shape the outcome, Dr. Sabato and his team of contributing experts delve into the overlooked details to offer unique analysis from several different angles.

Table of contents

Pendulum Swing Authors and Affiliations


Preface—Dr. Larry Sabato, Founder and Director of the UVa’s Center for Politics and Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia


Acknowledgements—Dr. Sabato


Part 1: The Big Picture

 Chapter 1—Dr. Larry Sabato “Pendulum Swingchapter


Chapter 2—Dr. Alan Abramowitz, Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University and senior columnist for Larry Sabato’s “Crystal Ball” Discusses his electoral prediction model and how this election’s results fit in


Chapter 3—Rhodes Cook, Editor of the Rhodes Cook Letter and senior columnist for Larry Sabato’s “Crystal Ball”

Overview of Senate races


Chapter 4—Dr. Thad Beyle, Thomas J. Pearsall Professor of Political Science at theUniversity of North Carolina

Overview of gubernatorial races


Chapter 5—Isaac Wood, Director of Communications at UVa’s Center for Politics and Editor of the “Crystal Ball”

Overview of House races


Part 2: Money and Media

Chapter 6—Dr. Michael Cornfield, VP of Research and Media Strategy at 720 Strategies

Examine how corporations, non-profits, unions, and other organizations will approach campaign finance as a result of the recent Supreme Court ruling


Chapter 7—Michael Toner, Former Chairman of the FEC (2006) and currently Head of the Election Law and Government Ethics Practice at Bryan Cave LLP

A numerical rundown of campaign finance in the elections; where it came from, where it went, and how much, and any visible trends


Chapter 8—Dr. Diana Owen, Associate Professor of Communication, Culture, and Technology atGeorgetown University

Media and the Campaign


Part 3: Senate and Gubernatorial Races 

Chapter 9—California senate and governor:

Dr. Jack Pitney, Crocker Professor of Politics at Claremont McKenna College


Chapter 10—Colorado senate and governor:

Dr. Seth Masket, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver


Chapter 11Delaware senate:

Dr. Sam Hoff, George Washington Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Delaware State University


Chapter 12—Florida senate and governor:

Dr. Susan MacManus, Distinguished Professor of Government and Int’l Affairs at the University of South Florida


Chapter 13—Illinois senate and governor:

Dr. Paul Green, Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University


Chapter 14—Indiana senate:

Brian Howey, Editor of the Howey Political Report


Chapter 15Iowa governor:

Dr. Caroline Tolbert, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa


Chapter 16—Kentucky senate:

Dr. Laurie Rhodebeck, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville


Chapter 17—Maryland governor:

Dr. Paul Herrnson, Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship; and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Thomas Schaller, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County


Ch   Chapter  18—Massachusetts governor:

Dr. Agnes Bain, Professor of Government at Suffolk University


Chapter 19—Michigan governor:

Dr. Michael Traugott, Professor of Communication Studies; and Research Professor at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan


Chapter 20—Missouri senate:

Jo Mannies, Senior political reporter at the St. Louis Beacon


Chapter 21—Nevada senate and governor:

Jon Ralston, Political columnist at the Las Vegas Sun and host of the TV program “Face to Face with Jon Ralston”


Chapter 22—New Hampshire senate:

Dr. Dante Scala, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire


Chapter 23—New York governor:

Dr. Jeffrey Stonecash, Maxwell Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University


Chapter 24—Ohio senate and governor:

Jonathan Riskind, Washington Bureau Chief of the Columbus Dispatch

Joe Hallett, Senior Editor of the Columbus Dispatch


Chapter 25—Pennsylvania senate and governor:

Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs; and Professor of Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College


Chapter 26—Rhode Island governor:

Steve Peoples, State House reporter at The Providence Journal


Chapter 27—South Carolina governor:

John O’Connor, Political columnist at The State newspaper


Chapter 28—Texas governor:

Jay Root, Political reporter at the Associated Press


Part 4: Conclusions, Dr. Sabato


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